February warmed up considerably (at times) which made it much more pleasant to get out.
Fav picture of the month
Young mountain goats at Parc Omega.
(Although the hawk owl almost won)
We enjoyed getting out of the city and visiting Parc Omega. All the usual characters were there but it has a very different look to it during the winter.
A few of the elk and red deer seemed to want mix it up a little. Nothing serious, just minor jousts. Usually it was elk vs elk, red deer vs red deer, but a few times it was an elk and a red deer toying with each other.
Large male elk with a spit ear. Not a new injury, but maybe from a more serious joust? He certainly was giving us the once over hoping for a carrot.
Some of the elk and red deer seemed to soaking up the sun off to the side. I spotted a frozen tear drop in the eye of one the red deer males.
Several months ago the eyelashes of a black bear caught my eye, this month it was the eyelashes of a young fallow deer.
A flock of about 10 blue jays were at one of the feeding "tables".
Twenty-eight, or so, wild turkeys were enjoying a spot near one of the feeding troughs.
The chin of a black wolf resting on another certainly caught my eye. Looked quite comfortable!
The silver foxes certainly stand out against the snow.
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Very short (1:20) video from visit: Elk jousting, white-tailed deer snacking and female elk relaxing.
At Mud Lake there was a well trod side path that I had taken many times last year looking for a screech owl, but never found it. I decided to try again this year and there was the owl was basking in the sun!
The over-wintering robins at the Ferguson Forest Centre in Kemptville were coming to the open creek for a drink, one was dealing with snow stuck in its foot.
Hawk Owl in the east end of the city
The hoar frost was very nice that morning
A snow fly
(Not sure why it is called a fly as there are no wings)
Going through files from previous years.....
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